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Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley

Peru

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Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley

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Colores de Huaypo

Suni
Hike
Moderate
Full-day

During this exploration, we can get to know the daily life of local communities: shepherds and farmers. Between November and May...

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Colores de Huaypo
Hike
Moderate
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    During this exploration, we can get to know the daily life of local communities: shepherds and farmers. Between November and May, the landscape is lush green and humid, while from June to October the setting features are ochre, red and yellow. Lunch is served beside a lagoon and the last span of the route takes us to at an altitude from where a broad 360° panoramic view can be enjoyed.

    238 m 781 ft
    -424 m -1.391 ft
    3.751 m 12.306 ft
    3.518 m 11.542 ft

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Pachatusan

Puna
Hike
Expert
Full-day

We begin our ascent by a path of agricultural and livestock use. During this exploration, we can see Cerro Pachatusan, considered in Inca culture...

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Pachatusan
Hike
Expert
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    We begin our ascent by a path of agricultural and livestock use. During this exploration, we can see Cerro Pachatusan, considered in Inca culture to be the protector of the world. We walk to an open area with wide views of the Cusco Valley and finally, we descend to the archaeological centers of Pukara and Tipón, where agriculture was developed with an important Inca hydraulic system that is still in use today.

    1.344 m 4.409 ft
    -991 m -3.251 ft
    4.179 m 13.711 ft
    3.069 m 10.069 ft

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Incañan

Puna
Hike
Expert
Full-day

This is the most physicallydemanding exploration and the one with the most spectacular landscapes. It crosses the Urubamba mountain...

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Incañan
Hike
Expert
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    This is the most physicallydemanding exploration and the one with the most spectacular landscapes. It crosses the Urubamba mountain chain from north to south, over a trail that goes along the second highest peak in the region, the Sawasiray, with 19,088 ft.

    1.129 m 3.704 ft
    -1.497 m -4.911 ft
    4.611 m 15.128 ft
    3.287 m 10.784 ft

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Huchuy Qosqo

Puna
Hike
Advanced
Full-day

This exploration offers breathtaking views to lagoons at different altitudes, to the farmlands of Chinchero and to the valleys. To reach...

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Huchuy Qosqo
Hike
Advanced
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    This exploration offers breathtaking views to lagoons at different altitudes, to the farmlands of Chinchero and to the valleys. To reach the remains of the Huchuy Qosqo Palaces, it goes down an Inca trail. Once in the remains, you cannot miss lying down in the gardens, taking a rest and enjoying the view towards Sacred Valley.

    968 m 3.176 ft
    -1.738 m -5.702 ft
    4.318 m 14.167 ft
    2.971 m 9.747 ft

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Stream to Cusco

Puna
Hike
Advanced
Full-day

The trail crosses the mountains that separate the Sacred Valley from Cusco and reaches the Town Square of the Inca’s imperial city. This road...

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Stream to Cusco
Hike
Advanced
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    The trail crosses the mountains that separate the Sacred Valley from Cusco and reaches the Town Square of the Inca’s imperial city. This road simulates the journey followed by the Incas and Spanish conquerors more than 500 years ago. Before completing the exploration, there is a guided tour to the huge walls of the Saqsaywaman and its archaeological and ceremonial centers.

    630 m 2.067 ft
    -968 m -3.176 ft
    4.281 m 14.045 ft
    3.402 m 11.161 ft

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Tastayoc

Puna
Hike
Advanced
Full-day

We begin in the altitude, through a pastureland highly isolated from the rest of the valley. The trail includes several lagoons...

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Tastayoc
Hike
Advanced
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    We begin in the altitude, through a pastureland highly isolated from the rest of the valley. The trail includes several lagoons, some with turquoise waters due to thawing, and others with transparent waters, allowing travelers to learn about high-mountain water ecosystems.

    892 m 2.927 ft
    -1.085 m -3.560 ft
    4.687 m 15.377 ft
    3.786 m 12.421 ft

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Lloclla

Puna
Hike
Moderate
Full-day

This mountain walk follows tracks used by local shepherds among lagoons serving as water deposits to sustain the area’s rural lifestyle...

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Lloclla
Hike
Moderate
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    This mountain walk follows tracks used by local shepherds among lagoons serving as water deposits to sustain the area’s rural lifestyle between the valleys of Lamay and Pisac. Old mountain trails, mild slopes, views, and people, among others, invite travelers to relax, walk calmly, breathe deeply and enjoy different perspectives and colors.

    432 m 1.417 ft
    -583 m -1.913 ft
    4.396 m 14.423 ft
    4.033 m 13.232 ft

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5 Lagunas

Puna
Hike
Moderate
Full-day

This walk begins at an isolated community in the heights of the Andes. From there, the trail goes up to a broad pass from...

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5 Lagunas
Hike
Moderate
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    This walk begins at an isolated community in the heights of the Andes. From there, the trail goes up to a broad pass from where to observe the snow capped Sawasiray and other snowcapped peaks. The descent takes us through a ravine with llama and alpaca herds, passing beside several lagoons that reflect the large snowcapped peak in the background and the yellow-colored mountains.

    432 m 1.417 ft
    -435 m -1.427 ft
    4.357 m 14.295 ft
    4.174 m 13.694 ft

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Paru

Puna
Hike
Moderate
Full-day

This exploration transports travelers to paths where only shepherds pass. There they will walk to more than 13000 ft. Then, following some water...

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Paru
Hike
Moderate
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    This exploration transports travelers to paths where only shepherds pass. There they will walk to more than 13000 ft. Then, following some water courses, explore the slopes of the mountains and lagoons between ranches of Paru-Paru.

    726 m 2.382 ft
    -588 m -1.929 ft
    4.242 m 13.917 ft
    3.900 m 12.795 ft

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La Verónica

Puna
Hike
Moderate
Full-day

This hiking takes us through a reserve aimed at preserving forests and endangered birds. In the dry season, the snow-capped Verónica...

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La Verónica
Hike
Moderate
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    This hiking takes us through a reserve aimed at preserving forests and endangered birds. In the dry season, the snow-capped Verónica hill and the mountains surrounding it are the main attractions. During the rainy season, views may be obstructed by clouds, but then the ground steals the limelight.

    164 m 538 ft
    -680 m -2.231 ft
    4.418 m 14.495 ft
    3.810 m 12.500 ft

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Amor Violento

Suni
Hike
Moderate
Full-day

We begin with a visit to the community of Cúper Bajo, where a group of weavers teach us their work and culture. Next, we walk up the slope...

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Amor Violento
Hike
Moderate
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    We begin with a visit to the community of Cúper Bajo, where a group of weavers teach us their work and culture. Next, we walk up the slope of a large hill through agricultural terraces, the valley and the town of Chinchero. We descend to Chinchero and the archaeological site. From there, we take an Inca road down to the valley. We have lunch at a viewpoint and continue descending until we reach Explora.

    590 m 1.936 ft
    -1.387 m -4.551 ft
    3.992 m 13.097 ft
    2.945 m 9.662 ft

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Maras Plateau

Suni
Hike
Moderate
Full-day

The trail begins at a farming community located amidst hills and goes down to the Inca remains of Moray, from where it continues to...

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Maras Plateau
Hike
Moderate
Full-day
  • Exploration Path

    The trail begins at a farming community located amidst hills and goes down to the Inca remains of Moray, from where it continues to the colonial town of Maras. We see a piece of history in every corner. Afterwards, the trail descends to the bottom of the Sacred Valley and goes through the salt mines. The track crosses barley and potato fields and other crops.

    170 m 558 ft
    -1.047 m -3.435 ft
    3.732 m 12.244 ft
    2.841 m 9.321 ft

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